This week we test: summer fragrances

Summer perfumes can be lighter than their winter counterparts - sniff out citrus and floral notes, or anything that puts you in a holiday mood.

Jeanne Lanvin Couture EDP (HK$395/ 30ml)

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:03pm

China's sports brands go for offshore retail gold

Four years after the Beijing Olympic Games, sportswear makers in China, loaded down with unsold stock and battling weak domestic demand, have looked to the London Olympics to market their wares.

Their strategy has seen athletes from at least 10 teams as well as members of several Olympic committees suiting up in the companies' sponsored clothing.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Summer scents

DKNY Be Delicious London (HK$520/50ml)

Claim: the signature green apple scent in the Be Delicious series gets remixed with blackcurrant, honeysuckle and English roses to celebrate the city of London.

Cartier Baiser Vole (HK$985/50ml)

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm


15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Tide & tested

Strapless jumpsuit (HK$28,000) by Valentino. Python pumps (HK$8,690) by Sergio Rossi. Lacquered wood bangle (HK$2,800) by Herm?s. Enameled silver necklace and bangles (HK$51,000, HK$23,850 and HK$33,250) all by Bottega Veneta.

Silk dress (HK$32,100) by Lanvin. Studded belt (HK$18,000) by Ala??a, available at On Pedder.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Shoes can create a look

Accessories can make or break a bride's look. Overdo them and you detract from the main item, under-accessorise and you can end up downplaying an outfit. Mismatch and the overall effect can appear disjointed.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:47pm


Look of the week

Holey holiday dresses

Vintage-style crochet and lace dresses are uber-cool in the heat. Throw over a swimsuit, or tank top and leggings, or do the Hipster thing by pairing with Converse or Oxfords.

Citrus shine

Bright and summery, add a splash of citrusy gorgeousness to your make-up bag with an orange lipgloss.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:47pm

Adidas model Charlene Choi filled with Olympic spirit

Adidas' autumn-winter collection will be in the stores on Friday, amid the buzz of the London Olympics. The sportswear brand's campaign girl, Charlene Choi Cheuk-yin of Canto-pop duo Twins, said she had been glued to the television watching the Games.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:47pm


Sling if you're happy

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Dedicated followers of four-legged fashion

Denim and lace, polo shirts and hoodies, scarves, skater dresses and floral prints - these are the hottest 2012 looks not seen at the Paris Fashion Week.

That is because these new styles are the latest designer fashions for pets, who can now be as trendy as their owners.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A dressing down for Olympic garb

At the charity polo event on Saturday at Andrew Lloyd Webber's estate, I saw Hong Kong superstar Aaron Kwok rub shoulders with Prince Harry, who was playing.

The event, sponsored by Hong Kong-owned Kent & Curwen, raised money for charities supported by Harry and Prince William and shed some light on the relationship between style sponsorship and high-profile sports.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Flown in from Florence, Gucci's Italian artisans are the life and sole of the party

In today's luxury goods market, craftsmanship sells. Italian fashion brand Gucci hosted a two-day exhibition last week to showcase the artisans behind its iconic leather bags and shoes.

Some of them were flown in from Gucci's leather atelier in Florence to Hong Kong to demonstrate the making of bags and shoes in Harbour City mall in Tsim Sha Tsui.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

WOW Factor

Superhero polish nails it

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Green lanterns

You'd have to be hiding under a rock not to realise that eco-fashion is a hot topic around the world, especially in the US and Europe.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Waiting for the fall

There's that traditionally lacklustre period in stores when the spring sales rack has been ransacked, but shoppers aren't ready for the heavy commitment of autumn. But they still need something new to buy. Enter 'pre-fall'.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am